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Herbert "Harry" Deacon

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3 RC was No. 3 Recruits Centre, Padgate.  30/10/42

Where he received General training. Then posted to

10 (S) RC was No. 10 (Signals) Recruits Centre, Blackpool.  5/11/42

Here he was possibly assessed or he volunteered, and with his previous medical experience it was deemed that he could serve best in the medical field so was sent to  

Sidmouth  M. T.  D.     HHH      11/12/42      

RAF Sidmouth was not like other enclosed RAF Stations. The Air Ministry had requisitioned nearly all the hotels in the town and these were used to house the Medical Training Depot. The imposing Victoria Hotel, where the rich and famous had enjoyed luxury holidays only a few years earlier, was now the Depot's Headquarters; the elegant Riviera Hotel on the Esplanade was the Officers' Mess, the Torbay was the Sergeants' Mess and the Belmont was for Airmen. All the other hotels had lecture rooms on the ground floor with sleeping quarters above, WAAFs and airmen in separate hotels of course.  Trainee Medical Orderlies did a five week course. It was concentrated and hard work for both Instructors and trainees and the Medical Training Depot (or M.T.D.) was a very efficient and well run Unit.

Then back to RAF station Padgate  11/2/43

No idea what next line is,  looks like,  S o f or l  awin i

Suppose it could mean something like, sent on leave awaiting posting.

Admitted Walkergate fever hosp

Discharged Walkergate fever hosp    21/4/43.

Am assuming that he was home on leave, then when taken ill he went into Walkergate hospital Newcastle.

Walkergate Hospital was built in 1888 originally as a hospital for Infectious Diseases - scarlet fever, diphtheria, typhoid, tuberculosis and later, polio. The hospital was closed in 2011

Then on discharge, he was sent to RAF General Hospital Wroughton, where it looked as if he worked in the general admission or general administration.

RAF Wroughton was a Royal Air Force airfield near Wroughton, in Wiltshire, England, about 4 miles (6 km) south of Swindon. It opened on 1 April 1940.

RAF Hospital Wroughton was part of the station. It was opened as the RAF General Hospital on 14 June 1941, and treated both military and civilian patients. It was renamed RAF Princess Alexandra Hospital on 4 October 1967, after a visit by Princess Alexandra of Kent on 4 July of that year. Unfortunately it was closed on 31 March 1996 and was demolished.

7 ITW was No. 7 Initial Training Wing, based at Newquay. (Cornwall)    27/4/43

 40 ITW was No. 40 Initial Training Wing, based at Newton Nottinghamshire. 10/5/44

 40 ASRMCU was No. 40 Air Sea Rescue Marine Craft Unit, based at Weymouth.(Dorset)

No 1 TW  (Training wing).

40 ASRMCU was No. 40 Air Sea Rescue Marine Craft Unit.

Why he was booked in there twice in same day, I don’t know. 14/7/44.  

Castle Archdale.   18/7/1944.

RAF Castle Archdale was located on the eastern shore of Lower Lough Erne, near the village of Lisnarrick. It was used during the Second World War by flying boats of No. 209 Squadron RAF. From Castle Archdale, Consolidated Catalinas and Short Sunderlands could patrol the North Atlantic for German U-boats. A secret agreement with the government of Ireland allowed aircraft to fly from Lough Erne to the Atlantic along the Donegal Corridor, providing vital air cover from one of the most westerly RAF bases in the United Kingdom.

In May 1941 the German battleship Bismarck was found during a routine patrol by a Catalina flying out of Castle Archdale boat base on Lower Lough Erne, Northern Ireland.[

No. 422 Squadron RCAF was there in 1944.

422 General Reconnaissance Squadron formed at RAF Castle Archdale near Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, in April 1942. It was a flying-boat squadron, flying PBY Catalinas and Short Sunderlands to patrol the North Atlantic for German U-boats. They were redesignated a Transport Squadron in June 1945, and disbanded in September 1945

60 ASR was No. 60 ASRMCU, based at Culmore. Londonderry N Ireland.  2/10/1944.

Castle Archdale.   3/11/1944.

RAF Halton Buckinghamshire.   13/12/1944.

Today’s RAF Halton.  One team, training people for Defence

Set in the heart of the Chilterns, RAF Halton is home to servicemen and women from the RAF, Army and Royal Navy together with a variety of contractor and civil service staff.

Our main job is to train personnel to the highest standard so that they may contribute to the UK's Defence Strategy both at home and abroad.

So looks if Herbert went for more training. Possible a refresher course as he was back at Castle Archdale.   21st or 31st/12/1944.

RAF Uxbridge,100 PDC  for his demob   29/10/45.

Leaving the RAF as a LAC  Nursing orderly, having done a grand job for us all.

Not been able to work out what **** filming March 44 to Nov 44 means.


Ref your photo of your Great Grandfather. I would say that this was taken after he had finished his course at RAF Sidmouth Feb 43.


Everything points to RAF buttons, shoulder badge and medical collar badge.


They were worn by all ranks underneath Warrant Officers, i.e from Aircraftman Second Class (AC2), through AC1, LAC, Corporal, Sergeant, and finally Flight-Sergeant.

Medal ribbons would be for 1914 – 15 star, British War medal and Victory medal.

Known as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.

Previous engagements (hand written) on ww2 RAF records

N Fusilier’s from 3/3/1914 to 7/12/19 Rank on discharge,  Cpl 16995

underneath is written, what looks like "not clarified."


This would possible account for difference of rank and number which is on the medal card.


And the dates maybe in this pic, he is clearly still serving in August 1920.